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Yunus & his Triple Zero future.

Reviewed by Gary Harkin, In the opening lines of his new book, A World of Three Zeroes, Muhammad Yunus reminds the reader that, in 2010, Oxfam reported that ‘the world’s richest 388 people owned more wealth than the entire bottom half of the world population (3.3 billion human beings)’. Yunus then updates us with the […]

April 26th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 […]

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

In Chile and Peru, Pope Francis sharpens Gospel imperative of justice and fairness for all.

Rowan Ireland. Pope Francis’s speeches and homilies during his visits to Chile and Peru during 15-22 January 2018 make for stirring reading. As we’ve come to expect, he addressed global issues of social justice and the mission of the Church, with vivid, sometimes startling, reference to local realities. In both countries, his overall theme was […]

March 7th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

Sharing food and friendship: the St Vinnies soup van story.

In June 1975, the Victorian Society of St Vincent de Paul’s first soup van, a humble old Ford Transit wagon with doors which flew open when they took a corner, started offering friendship and food  to the homeless men, at that time mainly affected by alcohol abuse. It was initiated by a group of young […]

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

Be ‘fair dinkum’ about encountering the poor: Pope Francis institutes new World Day of the Poor.

John Ferguson. As we approach the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis has instituted a new ‘World day of the Poor’, which this year will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, Pope Francis says he wants the annual event to be a “powerful appeal to our consciences as […]

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Bruce Duncan. Foreign aid is not just a matter of offering charity to people in need overseas. It is very important for our own security and development as a nation. Particularly is this so when climate change is rewriting the rules on how the whole weather system works. The historically unprecedented hurricane and flooding in […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

We can make our society fair.

We can make our society fair.

Peter Whiting. The new minimum wage rate has come into effect on 1 July. The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently announced an increase of $18.29/hour, or approximately 3.3%. Inevitably, the decision failed to satisfy any of the vested parties within the Australian Industry Group representing employers seeking to limit the increase to $10.10/hour, citing weak […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Indigenous Issues,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Ex-prisoners deserve a ‘fair go’ for a new life.

Ex-prisoners deserve a ‘fair go’ for a new life.

Jason Davies-Kildae. A cursory scan of just about any set of prisoner demographics quickly reveals a catalogue of social disadvantage. Our prison populations show disproportionately high numbers of people with health problems, including mental illness, addictions, intellectual disability, and acquired brain injury. Other over-represented groups reflect lifelong social barriers, such as coming from a place […]

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017.

Child mortality is falling. Gates letter 2017.

Frances Penington. It’s easy to become overrun by bad news, by reckless and callous policy decisions, and by stories of conflict and horror. Successive cuts to Australian foreign aid mean that our aid now makes up only 0.22% of our gross national income (well below the UN foreign aid target of 0.7%), and the proposed United […]

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »